New Experimental Malas

When I went up north last weekend to visit my family, one of the malas I had made with a store-bought tassel had an issue — the tassel came apart after only 2 hours.   Now, my niece was fidgeting with it quite a bit, but I also do that and mine haven’t come apart yet. However hers did.   So I guess just because they were store-bought tassels, doesn’t make them superior tassels.    Therefore, I decided to just try to make my own tassels and see what happens.

So these two malas are for me, for testing purposes.   I am not a master tassel maker (yet), so they are not great, but I am testing durability, not necessarily beauty. Continue reading “New Experimental Malas”

Advertisements

Christmas Soaps

Vacation is over after today, sadly, but I did get a lot of rest and relaxation in — in the form of soap-making (which for me is R&R).

I had mixed success because I was trying new recipes, incorporating lard.  I didn’t have any “total” failures, but I did have a batch stick to the mold, and a couple others that thickened quickly, so the swirls weren’t as nice as I would have hoped.   Still, I think the soaps turned out “interesting” enough, and will likely be very good, solid bars.  They are going to be Christmas gifts for my family and friends.

Besides the soap, I also got a couple refill batches of lotion made (my Biotone Massage Lotion clone and my nighttime lavender & benzoin lotion).   And, I also made herb infused oils, Melissa lip balm and Lemongrass Pain Relief Balm.    So even though I started out without any plans, I managed to fill my days productively.

Continue reading “Christmas Soaps”

Final Two Vacation Soaps

After all that shopping yesterday, I am wiped out!  Luckily it isn’t very hard (nor does it take too much energy) to make soap!

Today, for my final two vacation soaps, I gave the lard another try.    I made two batches with the same recipe (just slight modifications to it for each). Continue reading “Final Two Vacation Soaps”

Wednesday Vacation Power!

It’s the mid-way through vacation already, but I feel like I have already begun to amass a week’s worth of crafting (so that is a sign of a well-spent vacation!).

Today  I was quite busy as I made two soaps and a lotion.  I also managed to get a couple of the malas I made for my husband photographed as well. Continue reading “Wednesday Vacation Power!”

Refills

It’s finally vacation and I have adequate time to devote to refilling all the stuff I made and now can’t live without!

Today I had a busy day making refills — so many refills!

Continue reading “Refills”

Herbal Potion Balms

It has been far too hot this summer to run my roaster oven to make herb infused oils.  Yes I could have made them using the longer method of brewing them for weeks and weeks and shaking them up in between, but I am far too impatient for that nonsense!

Well today, it was still hot, but I decided to go ahead and make the infusions anyhow because I need them for my vacation this week. Continue reading “Herbal Potion Balms”